Make a business plan
The first thing that you need to do is to decide the plan you want to offer at your weight loss center. You have an option to choose between a solely nutritionally driven programme, or you can make the programme even more intensive by including exercise to it. You also need to decide whether you will be selling supplements or pre-packaged meals. If you plan on selling any kind of product, do not forget to apply for a tax resale number.
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Determine its legal structure
You need to decide if you want your business to be a sole proprietorship, a limited liability corporation or a corporation. All these legal structures have their own merits and demerits, so make sure you consult a professional.
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Make arrangement for finances
Once you are clear about what you want to set up, you need to arrange the finances for your weight loss center. You will need money to lease a building for your weight loss center, hire and train employees, buy various equipments, etc. You will require a minimum of $50,000 to get started.
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Choose a location
A good location plays a huge role in the success of a weight loss center. Try to lease space near a busy retailer or office park. Give preference to ground floor over other floors if you find yourself having to making a decision.
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Get your business registered
Get your business name registered and obtain a tax identification number from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Get registered with the secretary of state as well. Be sure to obtain all permits and licenses required to make the operation of your business legal.
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Market your weight loss center
Start spreading awareness about your weight loss center through social, paper and electronic media. Use the popularity of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to your advantage. Get in touch with physicians and convince them to recommend your weight loss center to their weight-conscious patients.
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Hire and train employees for your weight loss center
Before you can make your weight loss center operational, you need to hire employees. Careful screening is strong advised as your employees will be the reflection of your business.
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